Montana 1948: A Novel

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Montana 1948: A Novel

Format:  Paperback,

169 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: May 2007

ISBN-13: 9781571310613

ISBN-10: 1571310614

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"From the summer of my twelfth year I carry a series of images more vivid and lasting than any others of my boyhood and indelible beyond all attempts the years make to erase or fade them... " So begins David Hayden's story of what happened in Montana in 1948. The events of that cataclysmic summer permanently alter twelve-year-old David's understanding of his family: his father, a small-town sheriff; his remarkably strong mother; David's uncle Frank, a war hero and respected doctor; and the Haydens' Sioux housekeeper, Marie Little Soldier, whose revelations turn the family's life upside down as she relates how Frank has been molesting his female Indian patients. As their story unravels around David, he learns that truth is not what one believes it to be, that power is abused, and that sometimes one has to choose between family loyalty and justice.

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Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: May 2007
ISBN-13: 9781571310613
ISBN-10: 1571310614
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 169
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.25

About the author

Biography of Watson, Larry

Born in Rugby, North Dakota, & raised in Bismark, Larry Watson received his B.A., & M.A. in English from the University of North Dakota & his Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Utah. Watson is the author of the novel "In a Dark Time" & a book of poetry, "Leaving Dakota". He taught English at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point & lives in Plover, Wisconsin.

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Review by Library Journal (1993-09-15)

A young Sioux woman tossing with fever on a cot; a father begging his wife for help; a mother standing uncertainly in her kitchen with a 12-gauge shotgun: from these fragments of memory, evoked by the narrator as the novel opens, Watson builds a simple but powerful tale. It is Montana in 1948, and young David Hayden's father, Wesley, is sheriff of their small town--a position he inherited from his domineering father.

Wesley is overshadowed by his older brother, Frank, a war hero who is now the town doctor. When Marie, the Sioux woman who works for the Haydens, fall ill, she adamantly resists being examined by Frank. Some probing reveals that Frank has been molesting the Indian women in his care. Wesley's dilemma--should he turn in his own brother?--is intensified when Marie is found dead and David confesses that he saw his uncle near the house before she died. The moral issues, and the consequences of following one's conscience, are made painfully evident here. Watson is to be congratulated for the honesty of his writing and the purity of his prose. Highly recommended.

-Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Montana 1948 is Larry Watson's highly successful, award-winning first novel, a classic of the American West". From the summer of my twelfth year I carry a series of images more vivid and lasting than any others of my boyhood and indelible beyond all attempts the years make to erase or fade them... " So begins David Hayden's story of what happened in Montana in 1948. The events of that cataclysmic summer permanently alter twelve-year-old David's understanding of his family: his father, a small-town sheriff; his remarkably strong mother; David's uncle Frank, a war hero and respected doctor; and the Haydens' Sioux housekeeper, Marie Little Soldier, whose revelations turn the family's life upside down as she relates how Frank has been molesting his female Indian patients. As their story unravels around David, he learns that truth is not what one believes it to be, that power is abused, and that sometimes one has to choose between family loyalty and justice.

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